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A swiss ‘Nicole Frères’ cylinder music box, circa 1840.


The spring driven mechanism is stamped NICOLE FRERES A GENEVE and 22435. It plays one of four tunes with a 20.5 cm cylinder on a finely toothed comb. The burr elm box has string inlay and a hinged side panel. Behind this there is the winding arbor and three operating levers. One for play/stop playing, one for repeating/change melody and the last for direct stop playing. The tunes are;

  1. Valse de Venise
  2. Wreath of Roses
  3. Rory O’More
  4. Fine old English Gentleman

This mechanical instrument plays lovely and clear. It is astonishing how such a compact box can sound has such a full sound.


(Height) 15.5 cm (Width) 37.5 cm (Depth) 15.5 cm
(Height) 4.5 in (Width) 14.8 in (Depth) 6.1 in




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